Kirsty Black - Paintings and Art
Kirsty Black
Kirsty Black

Kirsty Black

Auckland, New Zealand

"A Colourful World of Invented Narrative"
Weaving childhood memories with storylines and explosions of colour. Kirsty Black’s abstract art is like visual poetry. Instead of words and sentences, she intuitively uses colour, shape, line, form, pattern and texture to create a visual dance of the spirit.
Based in Auckland, New Zealand Kirsty paints from her Maraetai studio, overlooking native bush with her studio manager Jez. She aims to create joyful works that engage the viewer, leading them on a colourful journey of individual interpretation.
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"The first step is intuitive. The freedom of the initial gestural sweep of colour, provides a framework. In much the same way cloud gazing prompts a story or daydreaming allows the mind to meander, the development of the artwork in front of me sparks my imagination and a story unfolds."
-- Kirsty Black
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"For me painting is a form of storytelling that uses, colour, mark-making, gesture and paint. I aim to create joyful works that engage the viewer, leading them on a journey of individual interpretation."
-- Kirsty Black
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"My studio manager, aka Jez the border collie X is a master fly catcher!"
-- Kirsty Black
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What motivates and inspires you?

"Growing up I travelled extensively, living in various countries around the world. This immersion in different cultures was exciting and stimulating. The lasting impression of colours, smells, shapes and energy is distilled into my personality and provides a backdrop to my work."
-- Kirsty Black
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What’s unique about your work?

"My work is all about colour - I love colour and the emotions it elicits. Combined with movement and shape it has the ability to transport you to a different place."
-- Kirsty Black
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